Gov. Gavin Newsom announced 10 appointments Thursday — all of them women and four of them from the Southland.
The four Southlanders are Andrea B. Ambriz, 36, of Los Angeles; Maria Preciosa S. Solacito, 53, of Palmdale; Rossana G. D’Antonio, 56, of Malibu; and Wendy Mitchell, 49, of Los Angeles.
Ambriz was appointed Deputy Secretary of External Affairs at the California Natural Resources Agency. She has been a Chief Operating Officer and a Consultant at River LA since 2019. She was Chief of Staff at SEIU Local 2015 from 2017 to 2019 and Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement in the White House Office of Public Engagement from 2015 to 2016. She held multiple positions in the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2011 to 2014. Her compensation will be $164,376, and the position does not require Senate confirmation, a statement said.
D’Antonio was appointed to the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. She has been Deputy Director at the Los Angeles County Public Works Department since 2016 and held multiple positions from 2001 to 2016, including Assistant Deputy Director and Principal Engineer. She holds dual registrations as a Civil and Geotechnical Engineer and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Industry Advisory Council at Cal Poly Pomona, Women’s Media Center SheSource, and the Society of Women Engineers. The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.
Solacito was appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board. She has been Senior Veterinarian at the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control since 2013. She was a Shelter Veterinarian at the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, Lancaster, from 2008 to 2012. Solacito is a member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Filipino Veterinary Medical Association, Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, California Animal Welfare Association and the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association. The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.
Wendy Mitchell was reappointed to the California Horse Racing Board, where she has served since 2019. Mitchell has been principal of WM Consulting Inc. since 2006. She served on the California Coastal Commission from 2011 to 2016 and the Los Angeles South Valley Area Planning Commission from 2009 to 2011. Mitchell was Vice President of Public Policy for the National Association of Women Business Owners from 2008 to 2010 and served on the Board of Directors for the California League of Conservation Voters from 2007 to 2018 and the Women’s Political Caucus in 2018. She was Chief of Staff for State Senator Denise Ducheny from 2003 to 2005. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.
The other positions are Chief Deputy Director of Policy and Administration at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; Small Business Specialist and Northern Regional Advisor for the California Office of the Small Business Advocate at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development; Deputy Secretary of Strategic Initiatives at the California Natural Resources Agency; a member of the California Building Standards Commission; and member of the California Horse Racing Board.
Seven of the appointees are Democrats, one is a Republican, and two are registered without having stated a party preference.
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